Microsoft Pitches a Perfect Game With “Baseball 2001”

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 16, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. today announced its latest PC sports title,
“Baseball 2001.” Microsoft® “Baseball 2001”
boasts a revolutionary unification of the awarding-winning Baseball Mogul simulation technology with Microsoft’s tradition for eye-popping graphics and edge-of-your-seat gameplay.
“Baseball 2001”
features a newly added comprehensive front-office management simulation, intense graphics, ambient sounds and seamless arcade action to produce the most complete out-of-the-box PC-based baseball game.

“Our goal was to create the type of baseball product that fans have been clamoring for: one with superb graphics and sound, unparalleled arcade action, and an unprecedented ability to manage every aspect of a true major league baseball club,”
said Ed Fries, general manager of the Games Group at Microsoft.
“The Baseball Mogul code combined with Microsoft’s established graphics and gameplay does just that while letting you play as a player, owner and general manager.”

Endorsed by two-time All-Star and 1997 Rookie of the Year shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who graces the game’s box cover,
“Baseball 2001”
carries on the Microsoft tradition of quality and innovation. The award-winning Baseball Mogul technology allows players to control key front-office aspects of the game, letting them handle everything from the financial responsibilities of tracking a club’s payroll to the general managerial duties of fostering trades and signing free agents. For example, a high payroll will result in less money for free agency, and this will be reflected in the quality and quantity of free agents that a ball club can sign during the season.

“Baseball 2001”
continues the tradition of eye-popping graphics with its 3-D motion-captured player animations, and its high-quality sound effects, such as the crack of leather on hardwood, add to the ambience of the ballpark. Topping off the game’s audio-visual offerings, Arizona Diamondbacks announcer Thom Brennaman returns with his trademark play-by-play commentary to call the action of
“Baseball 2001.”

“Baseball 2001”
also features accurate statistics from the 1999 MLB season, as well as 35 stadiums, including brand-new Pacific Bell Park, Comerica Park, Enron Field and Miller Park, re-created to resemble their real-life counterparts.

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